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The Wisdom of Yogi Berra, The Secret to Partying, and More!

by: EJ on 12/11/2017

Bruce King, author of the newly released The New Carbon Architecture: Building to Cool the Climate, promises to share many things with us in his new book.  In this joyful guest post, he shares the good news - the good climate news - of how buildings can be more than net zero and can actually extract carbon from the atmosphere.

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How to Make a Root Cellar

by: EJ on 11/20/2017

We are already lining up the books in the Sustainable Building Essential Series for next spring.  I am particularly excited about Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Kelly Hart.

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Water as the Starting Point for Permaculture Design

by: EJ on 09/29/2017

Water - the giver of life - or the great destroyer.  Water controls the weather, the shape of our landscapes, the growth of our food, our health.  Next to air, it is the most important element for life. 

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Winterizing Ponds and Water Features

by: Sara on 07/12/2017

It may be the middle of summer but winter sneaks up fast, and knowing how to care for your pond in those cold winter months is essential. Today's post is from Robert Pavlis, author of Building Natural Ponds: Create a Clean, Algae-free Pond without Pumps, Filters, or Chemicals. It was originally posted on Robert's blog Garden Fundementals.

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The Advantages of Light Straw Clay

by: Sara on 07/06/2017

Today’s blog is from the just released book Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Step-by-Step Guide by Lydia Doleman. It is the fourth book in our Sustainable Building Essentials Series.

Light straw clay is an infill system of loose straw lightly coated in clay that is packed into forms to insulate and enclose a building. It is not load …

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